The Brenner Research Team focuses on
Occupational & Environmental Health and Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials.
This interdisciplinary team is led by Dr. Sara Brenner, a preventive medicine physician, and includes staff,
graduate and undergraduate students with a variety of backgrounds including physics, environmental health,
industrial hygiene, and toxicology.
Proactive Assessment of Potential Health & Safety Risks:
While moving forward to develop and incorporate engineered nanomaterials into product pipelines,
one common challenge shared by all stakeholders is how to address emerging health and safety
Engineered nanomaterials produced and handled in industrial and academic settings present new challenges
to understanding, predicting, and managing potential health risks to workers, consumers, and the environment.
The rapid growth and projected acceleration of nanotechnology creates urgency in understanding, predicting,
and managing the health risks associated with occupational, environmental, and consumer exposures to
Our Research Portfolio:
Scope: The integration of occupational and environmental medicine, exposure science,
industrial hygiene, materials science, and metrology to investigate the human health and safety implications
of exposure to engineered nanomaterials.
Goal: To proactively address the emerging needs of health and safety research related to
engineered nanomaterials, seeking to develop in real-time the innovative technologies and methodologies
needed to assess, monitor, and safely accelerate nanotechnology R&D worldwide.